Anzie jewelry is coming to #YYC! This mother daughter company will be in Calgary Saturday February 9th for a very exclusive trunk show. Anzie and her daughter Joanna will be at Holt Renfrew from 11am-4pm, and as a special treat, the talented duo will be customizing bracelets on the spot!
Anzie pieces have been created in Montreal since 1999 and have become popular among celebrities such as Coco Rocha, Sofia Vergara, Jill Marie Jones and many more! Anzie jewelry has also gained fame by being featured in many editorials in top fashion publications.
“A burst of color adds happiness to my day. I hope that you enjoy your Anzie pieces and that they bring happiness to your life too.” – Anzie
This trunk show will be a great chance to experience Anzie jewelry up close and personal. It also might be a great chance for all of you aspiring jewelry designers to get some inside knowledge on the industry. If you are unable to attend the trunk show, Anzie jewelry will be sold at Holt Renfrew until February 18.
Calgary Fashion and Stillwater Spa have teamed up for a very special Valentines Day giveaway. We want to provide you with a change to win an aromatherapy gift basket valued at $250.00!
Stillwater Spa is one of Calgary’s most luxurious havens located in the Hyatt Regency downtown. The Spa offers many treatments and services from waxings to massages, peels and body treatments.
1) Rose Body Indulgence
A perfect gift set for those that love rose. For the ultimate in pampering and indulgence this set features our award-winning Rose Massage & Body Oil and Rose Body Cream for soft, beautifully scented and radiant skin. Includes Renewing Rose Massage & Body Oil and Renewing Rose Body Cream.
- Essential fatty acids encourage healthy skin formulation
- Reduces dryness and irritation
- Softens the skin
2) Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil
Experience the seriously relaxing and restful powers of vetivert, camomile and sandalwood for a tranquil night.
- Stimulates an exhausted immune system.
3) Essentials Skincare Into Set
This is your introduction to beautiful, radiant skin. We’ve carefully chosen the following natural skincare products for you to experience your new ‘essential’ skincare ritual. It’s also perfect for weekends away and taking on your travels.
4) Combined in a handy cosmetic bag, kit contains:
- Rose Cleanser with Damask Rose, Jojoba, Geranium
- Rose Skin Tonic with Pure Damask Rose Water
- Revitalising Face Oil
- Triple Rose Moisturizer
- Rose Hydrating Face Mask
How to win:
- Follow Stillwater Spa and Calgary Fashion on Facebook and Twitter.
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Share this article as many times as you would like so start sharing! The winner will be picked at random the morning of Sunday February 10, 2013.
Unfortunately there can only be one winner. If you don’t win this amazing prize Stillwater Spa still has you covered. Gift certificates from Stillwater Spa make the perfect gift for any occasion.
Last night Calgary Fashion attended FOODOIR and FASHION as part of the 2013 LOVE SEX FASHION series hosted by Elle EVENTertainment at Olives restaurant. The event mixed fashion, art and a little sex as local designers, new boutiques and artists joined together.
Apiana Que by Ashley Quan was the first down the runway. The collection was very cute with a hint of seduction by showcasing bare backs. The soft purples and movement in the garments are great transitional features you look for in an outfit when the sun rises earlier and set later in spring. The hair was spot on with the braid trend right now while the make up was a nude face and a semi-dark eye.
Cherry Chic Designs was next. I really enjoyed the structured coats that were shown. Like really, really enjoyed them. I have an obsession with local designers who can create beautiful coats. I think it comes from the 6 months of winter we experience here in YYC. The coats were very fashionable and most importantly they looked warm. I wish I had more to say about the rest of the collection but I was too busy focusing on the outerwear.
Third down the runway was NJ Kreationz, a boutique. The styling was OK, it was almost like they just put tight short dresses on attractive women. I would of liked to have seen more accessories or just something different than the photos on their Facebook page. I did enjoy the menswear though. The outfits were casual and could easily be worn by most men. My overall impression of what went down the runway was… if you are looking for a tiny little dress for the club, NJ Kreationz is the place for you.
Lingerie by Dream Girl was the last to strut their stuff and strut they certainly did! What can I say, they girls were confident and hot! My selfish self would have liked to seen some of the menswear they have, but what will you do? I didn’t mind the fake flowers each model carried but I think it took away from the sexiness of the garments. In the end, each girl deserved the hoot and howls they got!
The venue was beautiful, the art was amazing, the DJ did great and the runway layout was perfect of the show, much better than certain events I have been to recently. A complaint I would have was where and when the models stood for photos. Some models stopped for photos, some stopped sometimes and some didn’t stop at all. Near the end the press started to direct the models where to stop for their perfect shot. You could tell there was no run through before the show and a little confusion in each model that walked. Also that there wasn’t a #hashtag to use, but that is the Marketing/Communications nut I am. I look forward to the next event by Elle EVENTertainment because I would say this one was a success.
This event is the one that got me most excited about the holidays last year, and from the rumors swirling around so far, this year will not disappoint. Originally Twas the Night was an unveiling for the CORE after finishing the a multi million dollar renovation in 2011. What started as a party to celebrate, has since turned into the biggest, most extravagant after-hours private shopping event Calgary has ever seen! Last year, Twas the Night had more than 7000 people attend so the CORE knew they had to bring it back bigger and better this year.
So what can we expect from the night you ask? Out of all of the stores offering a discount, not one is offering less than 20%. The retailers are offering more then just deals as well, they’re offering a one-night-only experience. Enjoy an amazing performance by the Alberta Ballet, then you can make your way to GUESS if you want to hear an awesome DJ spin some tracks, off to PAPYRUS for the paper dress fashion show then hit up Purdy’s to enjoy the chocolate fountain with the head chocolatier. After the lighting of the 45-foot CORE Christmas tree, why not wish Jessi Cruickshank of MTV, Etalk and E! Canada a happy holiday! There is so much happening this night!
As an additional treat this year, the first 1000 guests will be hand delivered a copy of ELLE Canada by the Editor and Chief Noreen Flanagan! By having ELLE Canada Magazine on board this year, it really shows just how much this event has grown on a national scale in just two years!
Complete your holiday shopping, find that perfect outfit for your staff party or just to enjoy the company of Calgarians from all parts of the city, this event has everything you are looking for! The event takes place November 28, 2012 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. All proceeds from ticket sales will support BeCause: a next generation initiative of the United Way of Calgary and the National Music Centre Project.
Tickets for the event are available at the CORE Customer Service Centre located on the Second Level and online at http://coreshopping.
Calgary Fashion and the CORE are feeling very giving this year so we have tickets for you to win! Here is what you have to do…
- Share this article on Facebook and/or Twitter
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- and tell us why you want to attend this amazing event!!
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We will choose a winner, or two, on Monday November 26th so start sharing!
The Annual Calgary Horror Con is splattering the Wyckham House with even more haunting fun this year. “It is a two day celebration of horror that encompasses the entire scope of Horror, not just movies,” says Jeff McNair, one of the event organizers.
The event will take place on September 22 and 23, 2012 at 11 AM to 6 PM. There will be live performances from local talents, and fans will have the chance to meet famous horror personalities. To satisfy the hungers of the horror obsessed, vendors will supply the mobs with horror merchandise and horror artwork.
“In the two days, we hope everyone will have had great spooky fun and remembers that, in Calgary, Horror lives here.”
Tickets are available online at: http://horror-con.ca/tickets.
Deetz by Visha Loo will be on site to dress the fashion adventurous. Visha Loo is a local talent whose contorting ways boggles the mind and has developed a clothing line to match.
Deetz specializes in latex clothing that is edgy, daring, and sexy. With pieces as low as $20, you can find that special something that tickles your fashion fancy.
Photo by Litrato
The Promethean Labyrinth, a local prog-metal band, will be on set for the Horror Con After Party. ”You will never see a greater horror live performance from any band anywhere,” says McNair. The TPL performance is something NOT to be missed!
The Annual Calgary Horror Con is proud to announce a fantastic roster of special guests. Linnea Quigley, one of the top Queens of Screams will make an appearance for the screening of Savage Streets. She, along with Scott Mayer and Johnny Venokur, will be available for a Q & A session after the movie.
For a full list of celebrity appearances, check out the Horror Con website: http://horror-con.ca/guests
Besides designing latex wear, Visha Loo is a professional contortion performer. This alternative culture darling couldn’t even touch her toes five years ago, but with passionate perseverance, she has now starred in nearly 100 contortion performances!
A Brush with Death returns with sneak-a-peek showings at the Annual Calgary Horror Con. A three year running sold out show, A Brush with Death has splattered the stages of Lolita’s Lounge and Fort Calgary with death defying performances.
At the Horror Con, A Brush with death has two shows: The Street Freak Show and the Freaky Bar show. Yeats Wong, Producer of A Brush with Death, rates The Street Freak Show at One Dead Bunny worth of gore – all ages will enjoyed the show’s morbid comedy and macabre magic. The Freaky bar show is for adults only at a rating of three dead bunnies. For a full five dead bunnies show, make sure you attend the full show of A Brush with Death at John Dutton Theatre on October 14th.
For more information about the Horror Con, visit http://horror-con.ca/
Just another day at the office (slow day) and in my quest to fill the empty spaces of my day I came across a playlist on one of my favorite sites with Santigold’s ‘Disparate Youth’ from her latest album Master of My Make-Believe released May 01, 2012. The new track is amongst the three releases since her success with first single L.E.S. Artistes back in 2008. Known for her big collaborations with such artists at N.E.R.D.s Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Lykki Li and Beastie Boys just to name a few, this time around Santi has joined forces with the powerful Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (amongst others such as Diplo and David Sitek of TV on the Radio). The workhorse artist Santi White a.k.a. Santigold has been busy amidst her seemingly 4 year break from making music. Alas, while not popping out her own record she has been working alongside music idols and keeping it fresh. Now back to it, White brings with her the edge and originality we fell in love when first introduced. Disparate Youth sounds like it could be the new anthem for fighting (for what we believe in, for our rights, for being who we want to be, for being who we are). Coming at us with her seemingly unaffected vocals, strong and effortlessly powerful, she sings of forging forward through hardships without hesitation and looking back in accomplishment. A strive to be the fittest for the sake of survival kind of feel. For me, the drum beats stands out, sounding much like a marching drum tying in the fight theme.
‘Oh, we said our dreams will carry us And if they don’t fly we will run Now we push right past to find out How to win what they all lost’
When I look back on the movies that I love, the thing that got me into the theater was generally the song that is in the trailer. Garden State had Frou Frou “Let Go,” Like Crazy had a cover of Elvis and Stars “Dead Hearts” that was a seller. Even the series finale of Six Feet Under had “Breathe Me” by Sia, which still is one of the most high emotions 4:40 in a TV show has offered (sorry it’s not TV, it’s HBO). Grizzly Bear scoring Blue Valentine, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out music can change the emotion in a scene. I finally got around to reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, motivation came from the trailer to the upcoming adaptation to the big screen. The book is flawless, raw and real. Check out Imagine Dragon’s “It’s Time” and the trailer for The Perks of Being A WallFlower.
There has been some awesome finds this week. White Arrow is just added to the list, and I will keep everyone updated till Friday on the stuff that I have found, but I have some looking at this computer day and night finding the best new music out there. Well, at least to me, I am sure my Mom would not enjoy any of this. “Get Gone” is a fun upbeat song, that has been compared to The Givers and Repatar, not bad company.
“This song is like the grim reaper surfing a wave with a 10-foot shark in the crest of the wave following the grim reaper’s every move” — Singer Mickey Church (found this on a site)
@bauerdanni or dlbauer83 (instagram)
When I first received the invitation from Vanessa Erickson, Co-Director for the Calgary Chapter of The SWAP Team, to style outfits for the Spring 2012 Lookbook, I was very hesitant. My experience in styling is minimum and has been developed solely for my personal style. Who knows if it would translate well with other peoples’ looks, styles, or wardrobes! As a safety measure, I brought along Fela Dales of Fela Photography – I have always been a fan of Fela’s fashion style, and I was positive that Fela would come up with some fashion forward outfits.
When we arrived on set for the photo shoot on April 22nd, 2012, Fela and I were joined by Ashley of Lions, Lace & Lattes, Necole Hines of The Creative Mixx, and Glorife Simon of Fashionsign Magazine. We were given a gigantic pile of clothing and the task to dress three models - Misty, Chantell, and Natalka. Instead of competing against each other to showcase our fashion styles, we teamed up and became a Fashion Super Swap Team! Together, we styled so many trendy outfits that we ran out of time to shoot them all! We were all surprised by how many outfits we were able to style with clothing that others deemed “unwanted”.
Photography by Mark Derry
THE BIG DAY
On June 3, 2012, many anxiously lined up for The Swap Team’s Big Event: Take Off Your Clothes – Calgary’s Biggest Clothing SWAP at Hotel Arts. “It’s been amazing,” says Stacey Savage of The Swap Team. “We’ve had such a fabulous turnout. Our lineup, when we started, was out to the street. Everyone looks like they’re having a really good time.”
The advance tickets for the event were sold out. The SWAP team sold 130 tickets online, over triple of what they ever sold before. Savage continues with more amazing news: “We started out the day with just 4,300 pieces, which is probably three times more than we’ve ever had before, and stuff is coming in all day long. So, we are well over 5,000 pieces by now.” The event was not just for women. There was a healthy heaping pile of menswear, including jeans, sweaters, casual wear, dress shirts, shoes, and accessories.
One of my favorite additions this year was the cash bar on location. Everyone can have a little glass of wine, while they dig for fashion treasures. In fact, I bumped into one woman who claimed my swapped sandals as her fashion treasures – “I’ll be happy walking in these shoes!”.
The Swap Team event was also an opportunity to meet and greet the faces that made this project possible. “We invited our sponsors and partners to come and represent themselves, bring some promotional material, and at least have some visibility here. They do so much for us behind the scenes. “
“With the response we’re getting this time,” says Savage, “there’s no way we can stop now.” The next swap will take place around the beginning of June 2013. “It coordinates well with the Spring/Summer fashion season and everyone’s already cleaning out their closets.”
Elle Nguyen || Images Courtesy of The Swap Team
I had the pleasure of guest judging a recent competition at the AVEDA Institute Hair Show Down. Local creatives submitted a video communicating why they were “born to be a hairstylist.” Four local contestants were selected to put together a comprehensive inspired look, which they executed and showed on the runway; the winner of the competition was then gifted a full scholarship to attend the Calgary AVEDA institute. All runner ups were also gifted tuition bursaries for their AVEDA institute education. This event was national and every Aveda institute in Canada participated.
It was an exciting & inspired event, with local and national hairstylists, makeup artists and beauty industry peeps in attendance. Ray Civello, the CEO of AVEDACanada was one of my fellow judges, as well as Anna Conte, Key Makeup Artist for Aveda Canada. The energy was electric, and all the contestants brought their absolute best.
There were a diverse range of looks, but the stand out winner was Elsa Harmariam. Elsa executed an vibrant, colorful exotic look, with bright, fresh makeup and an intricate braid woven into the model’s natural hair.The look was tribal and street chic fused together. She won a full scholarship to the Aveda institue in Calgary! In addition, Mr.Civello doubled all the runner up’s tuition compensation, so they were each offered substantial reductions on the cost of their beauty school education.
Beauty, Nature and community were at the highest vibe at this event! If you are interested in a career in the beauty industry that focuses on the values and ethics of natural cosmetics in addition to cutting edge education, check out the AVEDA insitute Calgary.